Diverse Expressions: Dialogues on Creativity and Disability
Join Sam Petersen and Restless Dance Theatre artists in conversation, as part of the Adelaide Festival's Time To Talk series.
23 February 2024
5:00pm to 8:30pm
Join artists in conversation about disability and creativity at U City with Restless Dance Theatre and Adelaide Contemporary Experimental (ACE).
This event includes two conversations and a keynote performance by Sam Petersen. Find out more about the sessions, performance and schedule below.
Find detailed venue access information on the venue page here.
Feature Image: Sam Petersen, 'Wee', 2020, digital photograph. Courtesy of the artist.
5.30pm Empowering Creativity talk.
Exploring the voices and rights of Restless Dance Theatre’s artists with disability
Private View is a new dance theatre work from restless Dance Theatre that explores the secret desires and taboo subjects of love and sex through diverse personal experiences. Leading up to its world premiere in the 2024 Adelaide Festival, artists from Restless will give an insight into their inspirations, individual perspectives and creative processes. The panel includes Artistic Director Michelle Ryan, Creative Producer Roz Hervey, dancer Michael Hodyl and dancer Darcy Carpenter in conversation with Adelaide Festival Artistic Director, Ruth Mackenzie CBE.
Audiences at this talk will be given fresh insight into the artistic vision of Restless Dance Theatre’s artists through this conversation and a video showcase of the company’s work.
6:30pm Break (30 mins)
7.00pm Keynote Performance by Sam Petersen.
Something Yucky: A Rant
“I am a multidisciplinary artist and I reclaim the word ‘rant’ to its rightful place. Rants, especially those by femmes, are steeped in negative connotations of unjust complaining, which are too often dismissed. I will not be dismissed. The utter rage of someone who is not meant to have a voice and is made to feel small and so wordless over and over and over again. I tell it like it is, in a powerful performance. So sit and listen.”
- Sam Petersen
7:30pm What is Yucky?
A conversation between Yucky lead artist Sam Petersen and co-facilitator Grace Marlow
Opening on 17 Feb at ACE as part of the 2024 Adelaide Festival, Yucky is a group exhibition that explores the personal and political complexities that exist as part of disabled experience.
Join Yucky’s lead artist, Sam Petersen, for a conversation about yuckiness with Grace Marlow, co-facilitator of the exhibition.
Time to Talk is a series of conversations with artists from the 2024 Festival and key industry figures that will take place in February and March. Each of these events is free to attend, but registration is required.
Sam Petersen is a queer visual artist, writer and performer and an AAC and power wheelchair user, living and working by the Birrarung, on the stolen lands of the Wurundjeri and Boonwurrung people of the Kulin nation.
I’m interested in what can be done with one’s identity and the space around it. Both my body and mind, touching everyday feelings between the rational, the playful and the political. Of course, this is often to do with my disability and my sexuality. My work has been focused on access, and the lack of it — to places, people’s minds and opportunities.
Sam completed a Bachelor of Fine Art at the Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne in 2016. Sam has exhibited and performed widely including Liquid Architecture (2019); TCB (2017); West Space (2017, 2018, 2020); Bus Projects (2017, 2021); and Incinerator Gallery (2018). Sam presented a major solo exhibition My pee is political with Darren Knight Gallery, Sydney (2020); and exhibited in Overlapping Magisteria, The 2020 Macfarlane Commissions, ACCA, Melbourne, curated by Max Delany and Miriam Kelly.
Grace has a keen interest in live arts programming, community engagement, and access, and loves when art, food, music and community collide. They remain passionate and invested in localised DIY art scenes, intermittently organising performance, poetry and film events at venues such as REWIND Studios and Ancient World.
Grace is a member of the Deaf Gain collective. The collective, based on Kaurna Country Adelaide, advocates for the celebration and inclusion of local and national Deaf artists and greater access to arts and culture for the Deaf community.
Grace was a co-director of artist-run initiative Sister Gallery (2017–2019), Education and Schools Officer at SALA Festival (2019), and an Associate Producer of Liveworks Festival of Experimental Art, Performance Space (NSW) (2023).
Grace is currently the Public Programs Coordinator at Adelaide Contemporary Experimental (ACE).
This project is presented and supported by Adelaide Festival. The Yucky Reading Room is supported by the City of Adelaide.